LOBBY DAY 2017 – We were there!

This past Wednesday, April 12th, hundreds of union members, family and supporters marched, rallied, and met with our elected leaders for 2017 State Employee Lobby Day. Attendees from almost 40 different state agencies and public universities (including retirees) and from more than 80 Texas communities were represented.

Our march and rally, which kicked off an afternoon of lobbying our legislators in the Capitol, tested the idea that to get attention you need to make some noise! What didn’t need testing was the power of face-to-face meetings with legislators and staff. TSEU members know that decision makers need to hear from the people that make the state of Texas work. Lobby Day allows legislators to see and hear first-hand, the commitment we have to our jobs and the services we provide. TSEU members met with the offices of 28 State Senators and 130 State Representatives all in that afternoon!

Between a raucous march and rally plus an afternoon of meetings (not to mention bus rides from out-of-town for most) it was a long day for everyone, but well worth it. A “job well done” to all who made it to the rally, the march, or were there for the whole day! If you work with or know somebody who went, ask them about their experience – and plan to join us on the bus in 2019!